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Yoga & Somatics for Healing & Recovery– yoga teachers/health professionals

This course has been designed as an explorative journey for yoga teachers, yoga therapists and others to delve into how a compassionate and subtly attentive relationship with their bodies, practice and teaching can help address these commonly seen dis-ease states.


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  • Course

Yoga Styles



Oct 8 to
Dec 17
19:30 pmto20:30 pm

Ten live discussion sessions for each theme (60 mins):

Thursdays 7.30pm UK time 2020 – October 8, 15, 22, November 5, 12, 19, 26, December 3, 10, 17



Full Description

Yoga & Somatics for Healing & Recovery: moving beyond stress, trauma, burnout, anxiety, fatigue and post-illness through embodied awareness – online/hybrid course.

Course for yoga teachers, teacher trainees (and wellness professionals with yoga experience) with Charlotte Watts SYT

This course was moved online during the coronavirus crisis and as this format worked so well to enable home study and distance learning, is being offered this way moving forward as a hybrid between remote exploration and in-person workshops to complete.

Having much of the course online has the advantage of providing you with the notes, presentations and practice videos for lifelong access, alongside live weekly discussion for each theme – online (Tuesdays 2pm or Thursdays 7.30pm in Zoom) or in Brighton and London when easing of lockdown restrictions allow. The in-person practical aspects are then offered as four day-long workshops which can be spread over time and in different UK locations to make the course more accessible to those who need to travel; again when restrictions allow.

- The online course is 76 hours study, practice and home exploration – next intake October 2020:
- For full certification of the course, an additional four, day-long workshops in person to make entire course 100 hours (see details here: , these can be done at any time and in any order).
- The full 100 hour course is also one of two parts that make up the complete 170 hour CPD Therapeutic Somatics for Yoga Teachers training () – see details of the other part Teaching Somatics course – for Yoga Teachers: , which you can do either alongside, before or after this course. If you want to do alongside for a full immersion, the live discussions are on different weeks to this course (but only 5 so are interspersed) so you can do both together. There is a retreat included in that course, next date March 2021.

Course description:
This course has been designed as an explorative journey for yoga teachers, yoga therapists and others to delve into how a compassionate and subtly attentive relationship with their bodies, practice and teaching can help address these commonly seen dis-ease states. This may be as a route to unravelling their own states and/or supporting those in students. There will be inclusion of Somatics practices – from the work of Thomas Hanna that emphasises internal physical perception and experience – and sits well within yoga to support modern body needs.
Other movement teachers and wellness practitioners are welcome to apply if they have at least a year’s yoga practice.

A large part of this exploration will be modern stress and trauma, and what this means for our bodies, minds, yoga teaching and practice; on and off the mat. Charlotte Watts gathers together strands of her courses on Teaching Yoga for Stress and Burnout, and for ME/Chronic Fatigue (for Yogacampus) and her recent books Yoga Therapy for Digestive Health (Singing Dragon 2018) and The De-Stress Effect (Hay House 2015), for an experiential dive into how we can view symptoms of 21st century living through the lens of the Yoga Model of Wellness.

“As a Yoga Teacher with experience of and an interest in working with trauma, I have long been searching for a dedicated space for reflective practice, community and sharing that is underpinned by a balance of thorough, intellectual, knowledge-based input alongside a skilfully held space for somatic exploration.

What a treat this course has been in ticking all of these boxes! It has also stimulated, inspired, rejuvenated and invigorated my passion for my work, given me confidence to continue in the direction that calls to me, and filled in my gaps in knowledge.

Charlotte is an extraordinary Teacher with a wealth of experience & sensitivity as well as significant depth and insight. She is a fountain of knowledge and I am extremely grateful for this invaluable and exceptional offering that she has shared with those of us on the course. I would recommend it to all Yoga Teachers.”

– Emma Cole, yoga teacher and teacher trainer, Forest Row

Throughout the course there will be accompanying directed home exploration to enquire through practice, self-reflection, reading and viewing, the themes taught and discussed each session. This will build up knowledge and experience of the aspects covered, as well as providing a supportive framework for self-healing and observing our deeper needs within a busy world of high expectations and goal orientation. Subjects such as fascia, the vagus nerve, trauma, posture, interoception and proprioception, the enteric nervous system, body psychotherapy and language will be woven into a longer story of somatic self-enquiry that can feed into teaching skills.

“At last! A yoga training that encompasses the true breadth of the practise. This brilliantly crafted course reminds us of the potential yoga has to awaken, safely support and gently (and sometimes powerfully) heal the most hidden of our experiences.

What Charlotte does so well, and with more acuity than any yoga practitioner I’ve known, is to help us to listen to our body’s communication so we might feel more proximity to our truth. Her courage to stand out from the usual suspects, venture beyond the obvious to explore, and share her findings with intellect, wit and a playfulness that grounds this emotive learning, is what sets her apart.”

– Sam McCarthy, Counselling Therapist and co-founder UMEUS foundation, Brighton

Each of the 10 themes (released weekly and listed below) includes the following:
Two 25-40 minute video presentations with illustrated slides covering the content
PDF documents of the presentation slides to refer to as you watch or makes notes on as you need
Extensive notes covering parts of the presentations in more depth, including self-enquiry exercises and the home exploration to guide deeper experience of the practice; suggested reading/self-enquiry/practice
60 minute practice video – this will bring in asana, somatic practices (eg from Thomas Hanna, Feldenkrais and Tias Little’s SATYA training), breath consciousness, sounding/mantra and meditation
either 60 minute live session – weekly online with two time slots to choose
or 2 hours meetup in person every 4 weeks (as Covid restrictions allow in the future) Brighton or London

The course will support the needs of teachers to foster their own resources and self-protection from burnout and compassion fatigue as they help and hold space for others. Yoga philosophy will be brought in as relevant to the course material, to also explore what aspects such as the yamas, gunas, koshas and chakras bring to new understandings of stress, trauma, fascia, movement patterns and self-regulation.

“Charlotte entwines her in-depth knowledge, wisdom and experience and delivers the course with humility. The knowledge shared within a safe and supportive space gives time to explore and nurture your own personal development and practice as well as giving the tools to support others.

Charlotte’s enthusiasm is contagious and I eagerly awaited each weekly session. Words alone cannot truly express how wonderful this course is, as it is very much a journey of healing as well as learning.”

– Charlie Nash, yoga teacher, Brighton

Who is the course aimed at?
Qualified yoga teachers who have either recognised their own need for self-care, self-support, stress coping, trauma recovery and health practices; and/or who want to guide others they teach – either in specifically tailored class, workshops etc or to recognise the more subtle needs of those within more general classes. Also those looking for an introduction to Somatics and included this practice within yoga teaching.

Others will be considered on a case-by-case basis according to relevant experience, including trainee yoga teachers, yoga therapists and other health professionals.

“Charlotte is very passionate and knowledgeable about her subject and puts her heart and soul into teaching the course. Her course materials are well organised and structured. I would highly recommend this course to add to your knowledge and teaching, it provides very useful additional and varied tools to your tool kit and a different perspective.”

– Zophanie Vazquez-Howard, yoga teacher, Guildford

How is the course assessed?
At the end of the course, an assessment will be set. This will be a written exploration of a personal chosen and related topic, designed teaching practice and reflections when both taught to a group or individual student and as a self-practice. Completion of course is granted on submitting the assessment within a month of the last date of the taught course. If the assessment is not up to pass standard, then constructive feedback will be given and one more submission (within one week) will be allowed. Those who do not pass will then have the option to redo the course at 20% discount.

Breakdown of the 76 hours course CPD hours:
Each of the 10 themes:
2 presentations – c.1.5 hours
Practice – 1 hour
Live discussion – 1 hour (dates available below)
Reading – 1.5 hours
Home exploration – 1.5 hours
= 6.5 hours per week
+ 11 hours assessment

Course details:
The online course content is housed within the platform Teachable; you will be able to sign-in whenever you want and have lifetime access to the material
You sign up for the timing to receive the course within the different available live discussion slots – dates below
Each new theme will become available to you a week before its live discussion, giving you time to explore the material before, bring relevant questions along and apply after
The material is designed for you to explore in whatever way best suits your needs
There will be a student forum for you to connect with Charlotte and other students throughout the course and beyond
Pre-reading of Charlotte’s book Yoga Therapy for Digestive Health a prerequisite – passages from the book may be recommended for weekly reading or preparation
See below info on the themes for the extra 4 days workshops to make up the whole certification

COURSE CONTENT – 10 themes:
Each of the themes below will be explored within the above format and released weekly:
1. Arriving – Setting our community healing space. Where we find ourselves in modern life and what it means to be a ‘modern yogi’ in a world of goal orientation, high expectation and physical ideals. How these considerations can be supported by the yoga model of healing and recovery, as distinct from the reductionist model of disease.
2: Context of the Modern World – The stress response and what it means for the modern yogi – the effects of modern life and psychosocial stress on the nervous system, noticing polarities, somatic practices, survival over growth. Bringing in the yamas and the gunas as guides for practice and life.
3: Vagal Connection – Trauma & polyvagal theory – the freeze response, grounding, orientation and what this means within practice on and off the mat. The importance of the vagus nerve and old/new vagal tones.
4: Belly Connection – The enteric nervous system aka ‘second brain’ and listening to ‘what is true right now’, as well as sense of safety, intuitively responding and embodied awareness. Observing separation of head and body in reductionist culture; coming back to ‘head, heart and hara’ as whole.
5: The Fascial Web – Fascia as a sensory organ and how everything is connected to everything else. Communication via the psoas and fascia for kinaesthesia; interoception and proprioception, and how tightness, lesions and distortions in this matrix can ripple through the nervous system and affect how we move and feel.
6: Posture & Self – Modern postural habits from stress, sitting on chairs and trauma patterns. Including exploration of the primary and secondary spinal curves, the ventral and dorsal aspects (front and back body) and expressions of these via breath tones, and the Deep Front Line (Anatomy Trains) and sense of self.
7: Body Psychotherapy – Modern chakra theory & developmental trauma models for body psychotherapy – relationships with survival, trust, attunement, attachment and autonomy and how they affect our expressions through responses, gestures and movement.
8: Mindful Language – Stress, trauma & hypervigilance language – the modern habits of goal-oriented and self-critical language; how this affects yoga practice and teaching. The language of modern mindfulness as a helpful guide; inviting movement rather than imposing our will and the support of sound during physical practice.
9: Health as Whole – The yoga model of wellness (as opposed to the medical model of disease) and approaching health as coming back to whole, the root of the word ‘healing’. Discussing the kleshas (hindrances) as obstacles to wellness and sources of dis-ease within yoga philosophy. Identification with illness as a state and finding our essence nature.
10: Bringing it all together – Bringing it all together – gathering together the threads of the course to review aspects of whole health covered – in the context of moving beyond stress, trauma, burnout, anxiety, fatigue and post-illness through embodied awareness.

UPCOMING COURSE DATES – online live discussions:
Here are dates for two intakes to be offered for the autumn (fall) term. The ten live discussion sessions for each theme (60 mins) will be choice of either:

Tuesdays 2pm UK time 2020 – October 6, 13, 20, November 3, 10, 17, 24, December 1, 8, 15

Thursdays 7.30pm UK time 2020 – October 8, 15, 22, November 5, 12, 19, 26, December 3, 10, 17

You will need to sign up to a specific group, but there may be the option to attend the other occasionally if you cannot make a session.

WORKSHOPS IN-PERSON – in addition to the online course for the full 100 hours certification:
These workshops will bring together key threads of the online course themes to bring into the reality of teaching therapeutically:
1. Grounding, Orientation and Agency
2. Observing and Responding to Needs
3. The Language of Embodied Awareness
4. Resourcing Yourself to Support Others

Full details: